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costmary

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noun cost·mary \ˈkȯst-ˌmer-ē, ˈkäst-\

Definition of costmary

plural costmaries

  1. :  an aromatic composite Eurasian herb (Chrysanthemum balsamita syn. Tanacetum balsamita) having leaves used as a potherb and in flavoring



Origin of costmary

Middle English costmarie, from coste costmary (from Old English cost, from Latin costum, from Greek kostos, a fragrant root) + Marie the Virgin Mary


First Known Use: 14th century


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